January 3, 2016 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Ulis records double-double in win on Rebels
Kentucky sophomore guard Tyler Ulis scored 20 points and dished out 10 assists to go along with 6 steals to record his second consecutive game with 20 points this season, as the Wildcats defeated Mississippi 83-61 to open the SEC conference with a win.
Kentucky (11-2) finished shooting 50.8 percent in the game netting 33 of 65 attempts. The Mississippi Rebels (10-3) scored on 20 of 50 shots to finish shooting 40 percent from the field in the defeat to the Wildcats.
Ole Miss Rebels guard Stefan Moody led all scorers with 23 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the floor and was a perfect 9 of 9 from the free-throw line. Saiz added 12 points on 5 of 10 shooting while going 2 of 3 from the charity stripe.
The Kentucky Wildcats defense controlled the paint as it held a 41-27 rebound advantage led by Alex Poythress with 9 boards, while Marcus Lee played while off of Alex finishing the game with 13 points and 8 rebounds in the win over the Rebels. The Wildcats as a team also added 13 steals and 18 assists. Jamal Murray finished the game with 18 points and 6 rebounds on 7 of 17 shooting from the field.
Kentucky took an early 22-11 lead in the first half after an 8-0 run capped off with a Marcus Lee dunk at the 7:52 mark. The Rebels were not able to get back in the game after that. The Wildcats didn’t look back, as they built 25 point lead after a Murray layup gave them a 46-21 advantage with 56 seconds left until halftime. The Wildcats led the Rebels 46-21 at the break while connecting on 17 of 33 shooting for 51.5 percent. Kentucky only shot 27.3 percent from three at the half on 3 of 11 attempts.
“I thought we had a great first half defensively short of a couple break downs.” stated UK Head Coach Calipari. “The second half we backed up a little bit. And I know you sit there and say you’re up 26 and up 29, it’s easy to do that, but were not that team. Were not last year’s team. What we got to do is learn every moment on the floor.”
The No. 10 ranked Wildcats started the second half in full control as it went on a 10-4 run over the first four minutes before the lead was stretched to 27 points after the Ulis made layup at the 9:37 mark. Kentucky would go on to control the rest of the game as they went on to win 83-61.
Kentucky will travel on the road to LSU Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 9pm ET on ESPN, while the OLE Miss Rebels will try to get their first win at home against Alabama on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 9PM on ESPNU.